TomKat wrote:But do they really? This season has been the largest duck hatch EVER.
Understand, John O'Neil, that I am a committe member and donate lots of time to my local Chapter.
Tomcat ; I applaud your efforts with your local chapter on behalf of the ducks and I respect your position in this matter. We are not at odds on this issue . I am basing my support upon the facts presented by DU in a recent appeal to waterfowlers for their backing in petitioning Congress for a raise in the price of the duck stamp. DU has presented statistics showing that it will take an almost $10 increase just to keep pace with inflation . That raise, in itself, will not even come close to keeping pace with the towering cost increases in land acquisition, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.
The Mission Statement for the Duck Stamp act of 1934 was " To provide funds for the conservation of migratory waterfowl " . That goal has not changed but it takes a continuing flow of dollars to keep the dream alive .
We are about to embrace one of the largest migrations of ducks in recent memory thanks to the efforts made long ago by Duck Stamp Act 1934 and the formation of DU in 1937. I feel that it is imperative that we continue to fund these worthy endeavors.
For those who might have missed it I reprinted DU`s appeal below. Have a great day.
This effort is part of a larger campaign currently being led by DU to increase the price of the stamp. Since 1934, the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, commonly known as the federal duck stamp, has added more than 5.3 million acres of waterfowl habitat to the National Wildlife Refuge System. The program is a highly efficient way for waterfowl hunters to invest in the future of their sport by conserving habitat; 98 cents out of every dollar is spent to acquire land and protect waterfowl habitat. Additionally, acquiring land under the National Wildlife Refuge System not only expands habitat protection but also expands hunting opportunities and access.
While the federal duck stamp has proved a valuable conservation tool, its buying power has not kept pace with inflation. The cost of the stamp has not increased since 1991 — 20 years — marking the longest period in the program's history without a price increase. Simply put, $15 is not what it used to be. Based on the Consumer Price Index, the stamp would need to cost $24.26 today to have the same buying power that $15 had in 1991. The total buying power of the duck stamp has decreased by 64 percent since 1991.
In 1991, revenue from the duck stamp enabled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to acquire 89,000 acres of habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System at an average cost of $306 per acre. In 2010, the USFWS was able to acquire only 32,000 acres because land values had tripled to an average of $1,091 per acre.
Ducks Unlimited supports efforts to ensure that the investment waterfowl hunters have made to protect waterfowl habitat over the last 77 years is sustained. And it is up to duck hunters and all who enjoy wetlands and waterfowl to continue the conservation legacy of the federal duck stamp. For these reasons, Ducks Unlimited supports legislation that would immediately increase the price of the stamp from $15 to $25, which would allow the program's revenues to keep pace with inflation.
"Increasing the price of the duck stamp will take an act of Congress," DU Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt said. "To get Congress to act, waterfowl hunters must show their elected officials that their constituents care about conservation issues. The increased sales that will occur when hunters ‘double up' on duck stamps will help conserve more habitat and also show Congress that hunters are serious about this issue."